San Mateo Looks Impressive in Opener

The College of San Mateo has unveiled its new spread option offense under the direction of offensive coordinator Bret Pollack. Fred Baer gives us an up-close look at the Bulldogs' first win of the season.

SAN MATEO (September 8, 2001) - College of San Mateo unveiled its new spread option offense and sophomore quarterback Jason  Douglas didn't miss a beat directing a 56-14 opening victory over visiting Diablo Valley College Saturday.  The Bulldogs hit paydirt on all three of their first quarter drives (and, in turn, limited DVC to just one first down).  CSM led at half-time, 28-0.
Douglas, who threw for 1,965 yards in eight games last year, claimed "I had a lot to learn this year.  I'd never run the option before."  He was close to perfect, completing 15 of 21 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.  That's a .714 completion percentage and an amazing 208.4 collegiate pass efficiency rating.

The Bulldogs were proficient on their first three possessions.  They went 67 yards in eight plays, with freshman Alvaro Carvajal running in from the one; then 51 yards in just four plays, capped by Randell Lewis' seven-yard run; and finally 69 yards in five plays, as Douglas combined with Derek Willis on a 44-yard pass and run play through a lot of traffic.  In the second half Douglas hooked up with Lewis on a 51-yard pass and run scoring play.

Douglas got excellent  protection from San Mateo's massive offensive line, which averages 291 pounds.  "I only got touched one time today," he noted.  "They go all out for me."

Starting up front for the Bulldogs were sophomore Ashley Parham (250) out of Aragon High and Tauoa Manamea (335) from Capuchino, plus freshman Rammil Quizon (295) from Cap, Michael Hachtel (300) from Terra Nova, and Antonio Narcisse (275) - the only offensive lineman who didn't attend a County high school.

CSM split 542 yards of total offense nearly equally, with 269 yards rushing (124 by Jonathan Johnson on 15 carries) and 273 passing.  San Mateo's defense held the Vikings to minus 27 yards on the ground but did allow 242 passing, most coming in the second half.  Diablo Valley quarterback Randy Dismuke was sacked five times, twice each by Ryan Boschetti and Peter Walden.  

Both Viking scores came in the final 20 minutes on short passes from Dismuke to Marcus Maxwell.  Boschetti, a returning all-state lineman who prepped at Carlmont, is looking for a season much improved over last year's 4-6 campaign.   "I've waited a year for this," he said.  "Last year I wasn't ready for this.  A year of experience has made a big difference.  I'm reading blocks better and I'm spending more time in the film room preparing."  

Playing an important role in the victory was tight end Jason Hardee, a transfer from City College of San Francisco and a Serra graduate.  He caught key passes in three of CSM's scoring drives and grabbed a four-yard TD pass from Douglas that resulted in the 28-0 half-time lead.  An interception on the DVC 29 by sophomore John Caserta set-up that touchdown. San Mateo also scored on a 37 yard interception return by Maurice Haines.  Hardee caught five passes for 51 yards and Willis had five for 76.

Willis also had a 39-yard kick-off return that set up the day's most interesting play, involving the two unrelated Johnsons on the team.  Jonathan Johnson rushed 32 yards to the Viking one, but fumbled right into the hands of trailing James Johnson, who ran the final yard for the score.  James Johnson, a soph from Serra, also had four pass receptions for 47 yards.

Peni Likio, formerly of Menlo-Atherton, made his debut at fullback for the Bulldogs, running for 58 yards on eight carries.  He's a transfer who previously played for West Valley College.  San Mateo's offense did not commit a turnover.  

Next, CSM takes their 1-0 record to Mendocino on Saturday, Sept. 22.

The Bulldogs' game at Santa Rosa that was scheduled for September 15th, but was postponed, has been rescheduled for October 13th. 

College of San Mateo 56, Diablo Valley 14

SM _ Carvajal, 1 run (O'Brien kick)
SM _ Lewis 7 run (O'Brien kick)
SM _ Derek Willis 44 pass Douglas (O'Brien kick)
SM _ Hardee 4 pass Douglas (Robert Fernandez kick)
DV _ Maxwell 14 pass Dismuke (Caldwell kick)
SM _ Lewis 51 pass Douglas (O'Brien kick)
DV _ Maxwell 9 pass Dismuke (Caldwell kick)
SM _ Ja Johnson 1 fumble return (Fernandez kick)
SM _ Jo Johnson 17 run (O'Brien kick)
SM _ Haines 37 interception return (Fernandez kick)

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